• This is a three part project. Check each part for due dates and instructions.


    Project Part

    Date Due

    Research Questions 1-13

    December 11th

    Case Project

    December 18th

    Book Questions #14-20

    January 13th


    Young Charles

    Charles Dickens Research Project

    Part One

    Research Questions


    Answer questions 1-13 below and turn them in on December 11th. You may use any resources that you like since the information is available in many places.

    The web addresses that I have given you are only suggestions and they don't always need to be the place that you go for information. Use encyclopedias, biographical dictionaries, books... or anything else you have. Go to other links if you like too! You may help each other and work as a small group.

    The questions below  (#1-13) are due on December 11th.  Answer them all neatly and completely.  Write all answers in complete sentences using proper grammar and spelling.

    These links will be a great help to get you started.

    A Charles Dickens Biography

    Charles Dickens on Wikipedia


    When was Charles Dickens born? When did he die?


    In what country did Charles live most of his life?


    What sad thing happened to Charles' father when Charles was 12?


    What happened to Charles as a result of what happened to his father?


    In what year was "A Christmas Carol" written?


    Complete the titles of the following books written by Mr. Dickens:

    A.) The ___________________________________ Papers

    B.) ________________________________________ Twist

    C.) David ________________________________________

    D.) Great ________________________________________

    Much of Mr. Dickens' message came from his own experiences- and those of other children who grew up in cities during the Industrial Revolution. To really understand what he saw you should learn about the treatment of the children. You may want to ask yourself why people would treat others this way.

    To answer the following questions go to the web site below.  You will need to read the information carefully.  Do not just copy your answers from the pages…summarize.

    Child Labor


    Follow the link to "scavengers". What did they do? Why was it dangerous?


    Follow the link to "working hours". How long did the children work?


    Follow the link to "deformities". What do all of the children in the picture have in common?


    Follow the link to "punishments". What things happened to children who did not work as they were told to?


    Choose 1 of the people under the title "The Factory Workers" to read about. Write a summary of what happened to him or her and explain 2 ways that person's life is different than yours today.

    ***The information on the links below is not easy to read.***

    Its OK to get help from a teacher, librarian or parent if you need help reading and understanding the pages.

    Use the address below, or the encyclopedia, to assist you in answering the next two questions.

    Use this Poor Law link for an explanation of it.

    You also may want to read and especially see the pictures on the link below.

    Did the Nation Care?


    Read the links and find out what the "Poor Law" was in England. Why would business owners want this law? Explain your thinking clearly.


    Why would the business owners want living conditions to be tough in workhouses?  Explain your thinking clearly.


    Part Two

    The "Case" Project

    There are a total of 5 "Cases".  Read them all before you select one to complete. Your Case Project must be turned in on December 18th.

    Start here with a look at Case 1.

    Go to the address above. Read the page to get an idea of what its about.  The other cases are listed at the bottom of that page. Check those "Cases" out, then pick the one that interests you most.  There are also links to each of the cases in our Resources links on the left of the Home Page.

    You must select any one of the "Cases" to complete. 

    Cases 1 and 2 are easier and can still earn an A+ but will earn no extra credit.

    Cases 3, 4 and 5 are much harder and will earn extra credit if they are done well. (You must get teacher permission to do them)

    **Special note: Students have informed me that the following cases have links that need updating.

    Use these instead:

    Case 1 to get to the Dickens Museum go here.

    Case 3 after clicking the given link you will see a list of three new links. Choose the one that is called "Victorian Web" then use "Authors".

    Case 4 For the Civil War diaries link go here instead. Other real diaries from the 1800's can be found here and here.

    Part Three

    Book Response Questions


    #14-20 are due January 13th.  DO NOT DO FINAL DRAFTS UNTIL AFTER THE CHRISTMAS VACATION!!!  We will be going over and working with each question in class after the holiday.  Bullet lists of ideas are a great way to get ahead- but don't draft your answers before we review.

    FOR QUESTIONS 14-20, each answer should be on a separate sheet of paper. Use an "echo" phrase with your opinion to start each answer in the form of a "claim" or thesis as we learned in class. These links will be a great help to get you started.  Make sure you provide facts and details that support your opinion.

    To answer the following questions you must look in your heart and at what you have learned in class as we read and discussed "A Christmas Carol".

    Remember to use proper language as they are from a far more formal time!


    Write a short letter to Ebenezer Scrooge which explains to him that you have some things in common with him?


    Explain, with proof from the story, that we all might be a bit like Jacob Marley?


    How are we a bit like Timothy Crachit?


    What was Charles Dickens’ purpose for writing the story?  What was it about?  What did he want you to know?  What did he want you to think or do after you read it?


    Choose one line or passage from the story that you feel really shows the most important message or allegory. Explain your choice in a short paragraph.


    Choose any TWO of the following questions.  These will be YOUR #19 and #20.


    As people moved to the cities from the rural areas, was it a good or a bad thing?  State your opinion then, use details from class, our book, the text book or that you researched to support your opinion.


    Was industrialization a good or a bad thing in the 1800's.  State your opinion, then use details from class, the video we presented, our book or the text book to support your answer.


    Was urbanization a good or bad thing in Charles Dickens' day?  State your opinion, then use details from class, our reading, your text book etc. to support your answer.


    Was the Poor Law, a fair law?  State your opinion, then use details from class, the web pages you read, or our book to support your response.